DCMS report shows fall in educational visits to museums and galleries
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport have published a report on Sponsored Museums Performance Indicators from 2015-16, showing that the number of visitors to UK museums and galleries fell by more than 2 million last year. As The Guardian reports, this is the first decline in ‘almost a decade.’
NSEAD also reported that educational visits and activities for under 18s saw the largest fall of 6.9%. They go on to report:
‘This, the most dramatic fall in any of the data, corresponds with the decrease in GCSE and GCE art and design candidate numbers and the fall in art teachers and teaching hours reported by the Cultural Learning Alliance.
In 2016 The NSEAD Survey Report concluded that in the last five years government policy had impacted on the value given to art and design in schools.’
The Arts Council England Review on formal learning in museums in 2016, written by CapeUK reports a more complex picture of school visits across museums in England with:
– 49% of museums said visits by school groups have increased in the last three years (45% in the North and Midlands; 55% in the South)
– 26% said that visits by schools groups have stayed the same in the last three years (26% in the North and Midlands; 24% in the South)
– 23% say that visits by school groups have decreased in the last three years (27% in the North and Midlands; 17% in the South)
Download the full report from ACE here.